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The Synthesizer

A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument
Vail, Mark (Book - 2014)
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Electronic music instruments weren't called synthesizers until the 1950s, but their lineage began in 1919 with Russian inventor Lev Sergeyevich Termen's development of the Etherphone, now known as the Theremin. From that point, synthesizers have undergone a remarkable evolution from prohibitively large mid-century models confined to university laboratories to the development of musical synthesis software that runs on tablet computers and portable media devices. Throughout its history, the synthesizer has always been at the forefront of technology for the arts. In The Synthesizer: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument, veteran music technology journalist, educator, and performer Mark Vail tells the complete story of the synthesizer: the origins of the many forms the instrument takes; crucial advancements in sound generation, musical control, and composition made with instruments that may have become best sellers or gone entirely unnoticed; and the basics and intricacies of acoustics and synthesized sound. Vail also describes how to successfully select, program, and play a synthesizer; what alternative controllers exist for creating electronic music; and how to stay focused and productive when faced with a room full of instruments. This one-stop reference guide on all things synthesizer also offers tips on encouraging creativity, layering sounds, performance, composing and recording for film and television, and much more.
Authors: Vail, Mark
Title: The synthesizer
a comprehensive guide to understanding, programming, playing, and recording the ultimate electronic music instrument
Publisher: New York :, Oxford University Press,, [2014]
Characteristics: xv, 410 pages ;,28 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Vail
Contents: Trendsetting all-stars. Control ; Sound ; Performance ; Interface ; Composition ; Beyond
Acoustics and synthesis basics. Real-world acoustics ; Types of synthesis ; Audio sources : oscillators, noise, and more ; VCAs, envelopes, and LFOs ; Envelope followers and pitch-to-voltage converters ; Filters ; EQs and filter banks ; Analog sequencers ; Arpeggiators ; Reverb ; Analog delay ; Digital delay ; Loopers ; Other effects
Choosing your synthesizer(s). Options ; Modular synthesizers in the twenty-first century ; Connectivity ; Controllers ; Noise toys
Composition, programming, and performance techniques. Composition ; Patching, aka programming ; Performance
Recording the synthesizer. As it was and how it's become for the Switched-on innovator ; Serial vs. random-access media ; Strategies for recording film and TV scores ; Harnessing the power of modular synths with Ableton Live ; Automated mixing ; Outboard processing : preparing audion for recording ; Recording direct and expanding for surround-sound
Appendix A. Selected bibliography, films, and museums
Appendix B. Manufacturers, forums, blogs, dealers, and stores
ISBN: 019539481X
Branch Call Number: 786.7419 V129s 2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Electronic music Instruction and study Synthesizer (Musical instrument) Instruction and study
Topical Term: Electronic music
Synthesizer (Musical instrument)
LCCN: 2013008727
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Veteran music technology journalist, educator, and performer Mark Vail tells the complete story of the synthesizer.

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